Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hair Tutorial: Rag Tie Curls

Hello everyone! I wanted to share this video tutorial I made the other day on how to get curls like the ones I have in my previous post! A few side notes before watching...
1. ignore my pauses in between sentences.. I'm still getting used to recording on my computer while trying to act like I'm actually talking to someone and not just staring at my computer screen! Ha..
2. the brush I used is DISGUSTING. hahaha, I laughed SO hard while editing the video... I couldn't find either of my other brushes so I went with the grosses thing ever, hahaha... But, I'm human, right? (;

Untitled from dorisanne on Vimeo.

what you'll need:
1. approximately 10 - 12 13x2 inch strips of towel. (old t-shirts or other pieces of fabric will work as well.)
2. Aussie Aussome Volume Spray Gel.
3. brush.
4. hair spray if needed.

1. Start out with clean, dry, brushed hair
2. apply Aussie Aussome Volume Spray Gel or any other spray to make hair slightly damp.
3. take a small section of your hair and wrap the ends around, continue as far up as you'd like the curls to go.
4. tie.
5. repeat.
6. sleep on your wrapped hair or keep rags/material in for a few hours.
7. untie and unravel.
8. brush, brush, brush! It's best to brush your hair up against your hand to eliminate from frizzyness.
9. grab small sections of your hair and twirl!
10. this one if up to you... I didn't use any sort of hairspray on my hair, however... if you'd like the curls to hold longer I'd suggest spraying it.

This lovely trick has been passed down my family for many years! It's a great way to avoid applying unnecessary heat to your lovely locks. I hope this tutorial helps you all to achieve beautiful, bouncy curls!!

have any questions? you can leave a comment or email me at: dorisanne.etsy@gmail.com

Kala Noel.


  1. Great tutorial, I must try this out! You also have the most beautiful accent, a little like Zooey Deschanel's.

    Cait x

  2. Best tutorial ever!! When I was younger I did this to my hair since I wasn't allowed to use a curling iron. I think I read about rag curls in one of my American Girls books or something:) hehe..

  3. Love these curls! So pretty :) Great tutorial

  4. I used to do this when I was a little girl too - seems we have the same family traditions! :)


  5. What are the songs you used in your vid?

  6. That actually looks like something I could do. I've always wondered what I'd look like with curls in my hair... I'll have to try this out!

  7. great tutorial, gorgeous hair - I'm going to give it a try tonight



  8. Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing! I'm gonna try this for sure! My hair used to be naturally curly but lately it's just been kinda wavy which I am really upset about...

  9. Pretty!


  10. Ella- the songs are:
    1. Devendra Banhart - Can't help but smiling
    2. Chantal Goya - tu m'as trop menti
    3. Alela Diane - The Alder Tree

    to those of you trying this tutorial out:
    I'd love to see how your curls turn out!


  11. Oh my gosh, I can't wait to try this out!! :D Curling irons never work on my hair, so hopefully I'll have better luck with this technique! Thanks for sharing! If it works out, I'll send you a picture!

  12. Kellie- in my case this works WAYYY better than a curling iron. Whenever I apply any sort of heat to my hair it always manages to fall flat. This should work wonders on your hair!

    Let me know how it goes. (:

  13. I'm definitely going to have to try this sometime soon. I love curly hair so much! And yours always looks so pretty!

  14. You have such beautiful hair, and this is so clever! I have extremely curly thick hair and the best method for getting it to curl but not be frizzy or weird is sleeping on it wet, kind of like what you're doing!


  15. you should do a tutorial on how to do your hair up in that high bun you've done before xxxx

  16. awesome tutorial and your hair looks stunning in the end!!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  17. Awesome! I love it! <3
    What would you say about the permanency of the curls? A few hours or longer?

  18. They look wonderful! They really suit you!


  19. It's at times like this that I regret getting a pixie cut!

  20. Awesome video! I love the music you used too :) Thanks for sharing, I hope this works for my hair! I've tried so many other methods and my hair either doesn't hold the curl, or just turns into an afro. Maybe this will do the trick

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  22. I am excited to try rag tying on my daughter's hair. What I loved even more was the music you chose for your video. Who are the artists and what are the names of the songs? I want to hear more!